Person:Jacob Dillman (1)

Jacob Heinrich Dillman
b.Abt 1717 Germany
  1. Jacob Heinrich DillmanAbt 1717 - Abt 1790
Facts and Events
Name[3] Jacob Heinrich Dillman
Alt Name[5] Jacob Heinrich Dillman Degen/ Dayga/ Dagga
Alt Name Jacob Heinrich Diehlmann
Gender Male
Birth[1][3] Abt 1717 GermanyShip manifest shows Jacob Henrich Dillman 20 years old in 1737.
Immigration[2][3] 24 Sep 1737 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesAboard the Virtuous Grace from Rotterdam by way of Cowes
Marriage to Christina Unknown
Death[1] Abt 1790 Franklin (county), Virginia, United States
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  1. 1.0 1.1 John F. Hawkins (October 5, 1888). Genealogical Fan Chart Diagram of the Posterity of Jacob Dillman Dayga. (Burdette A. Ehrhardt (Reissued 1999))

    John F. Hawkins prefaced the genealogical fan chart with the following short paragraph: Jacob Dillman Dayga came from Germany about 1700 and settled in Pennsylvania. He dropped the Dayga and became Jacob Dillman. Died in Franklin Co., Virginia. The Dillmans came to Ohio in 1828. Jacob had eight children.

  2. Dillman Family Association Quarterly Newsletter
    Volume 1, No. 2, Dec 2008.

    The Dillman-Dayga (also seen as Dagga or Degen) line of Dillman family is one of the groups with a history that is difficult to pin down. The earliest known ancestor of the group is Jacob Dillman Dayga. The story states that he was born in Germany and, upon his immigration to the United States, he dropped the last name of Dayga. In a letter dated November 9, 1982, to Marguerite Dillman from researcher Lucille Dillman Smith, she states,” Over a year ago, I received a real bonanza in my Dillman research when a Dillman Family Wheel compiled in 1888 by John Hawkins of Indiana came to light. Some family up there had it and were getting ready to destroy it when a neighbor learned of it and asked if she might have it. The family gave it to her and she saw that it got to the archives in Preble County, Ohio. The Archivist there knew I was researching the Dillman family and sent me a copy. Since then, I have worked with it constantly and have yet to find it in error; those records I have been able to find confirm it in every detail. In all, about 175 descendants of the emigrants are named in this Wheel.”

    She states that there is a slight discrepancy in the dates of 1700 and 1828 that Mr. Hawkins listed as her branch of the family was in Ohio in January of 1819 when her ggGrandfather executed his will. The 1828 date probably represents when his branch of the family went to Ohio. Later researchers also believe that the actual arrival of the family to the United States was around 1737/1740. As to the ‘Dagga’, no one seems to know the significance of this, and I can only theorize.

    We currently have a copy of this “wheel” in the Dillman Archives/Library which was obtained by June Riccio on her research trip to Preble County, Ohio, several years ago.

    Known researchers of this line are Frank C. Hawkins of Virginia, Bob and Geri Arnold of Ohio, Rex Dillman, and his sister, Valerie Wurn, of Indiana, MJ Hoff (on the Internet), and the Tewksburys of Champaign, IL.

    This group is connected to Dillman Food Stores in Middletown, Ohio; Dillman’s Furniture in Muncie, IN; Derek and Dwight Dillman of Peru, Indiana, Bluegrass banjo players who performed with Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin and traveled around the world to entertain. Derek has released a couple of CDs featuring his incredible banjo picking. Many ancestors of this group are buried in Mexico, Indiana.

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1737 Virtuous Grace Passenger List.
  4.   Brubaker, Joan Bake. Preble County, Ohio, Bible Inscriptions: a collection of Preble County, Ohio, Family Bibles. (Preble, Ohio, United States: J.B. Brubaker, 1989).

    Dillman Family:
    Serene Farmer contributed this information from the Bible of her Great-grandmother, Mary Magdalene Dillman Aldridge Harp, 1830-1929, who received it from her brother, John Harvey Dillman, 1832-1919.

    Jacob Dillman Daga came to America from Germany or Switzerland, in the early 19th Century. He dropped the Daga and named his first son, Jacob Dillman, who was born in Virginia and was married to Margaret Lehman. The came to Preble County, Ohio, before the 11th of January 1819, as that is the date of his will.

    The children of Jacob, Jr. and Margaret Lehman Dillman:
    David Dillman married Katherine Sullivan or Salmon.
    Jacob Dillman married Susannah Brower.
    John Dillman married in Preble County, Ohio 21st September 1820 Hannah Landis.
    Abraham Dillman married Betsey Hypes.
    Michael Dillman married Susannah Hypes.
    Hannah Dillman married Henry Brower (Brougher).
    Sallie Dillman married in Preble County Ohio 21st October 1830 Jacob Row.
    Joseph Dillman married in Preble County, Ohio 3rd August 1818 Kate Landis.
    Mary Dillman unmarried.
    Daniel Dillman married in Augusta County, Virginia 28th July 1799 Elizabeth Spitler. Their children:
    Hannah Dillman married John Flora.
    Jacob Dillman married Polly Fisher.
    Samuel Dillman married Nancy G Clevenger.
    Magdalene Dillman married Bluford Hawkins.
    Elizabeth Dillman
    Daniel Dillman, Jr. married in Preble County, 18th March 1830 Elizabeth Aukerman.

  5. Degen, in German, literally means "rapier - a thin, light, sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting." According to Wikipedia, most European surnames were originally occupational or locational, and served to distinguish one person from another if they happened to live near one another (e.g., two different people named John could conceivably be identified as 'John Butcher' and 'John Chandler'). It is plausible that German emigrant Jacob Dillman was a sword maker (or descended from sword makers), who dropped "Degen" from his name after his arrival in America, where the naming distinction was no longer needed. It is likely that "Dayga" and "Dagga" in historical records are phonetic spellings of "Degen."